Scientific name: Mergus serrator
The streamlined red-breasted merganser is a handsome bird and a great fisher - its long, serrated bill helps it to catch and hold its slippery fish prey. It is most commonly spotted around the coast in winter.
Average lifespan: est. 9 years
Classified in the UK as Amber under the Birds of Conservation Concern 5: the Red List for Birds (2021).